Orlando’s do-it-yourself science and technology scene is taking over the Central Florida Fairgrounds this Saturday, thanks in part to more than a year’s worth of organizing by a team of locals from the creative technical learning space FamiLAB, which includes Full Sail Game Design Course Director Tom Long.
The Orlando Mini Maker Faire – an offshoot of the Bay Area, California-based Maker Faire (the world’s largest DIY festival) – will showcase hundreds of inventions from Orlando, Tampa and Miami-based creatives of all ages and backgrounds.
“The idea of the Mini Maker Faire is that it’s the World’s Fair at a local level,” says Tom. “The World’s Fair was a bit of a carnival as much as it was a science fair. It’s a technology-driven event, but with lots of flair and whim.”
A perfect example of the whimsical type of work being displayed at the Faire is the contraption Tom has been working on this week: a colored smoke-filled bubble machine that will greet guests as they enter the fairgrounds. A handful of other Full Sail faculty members will also be showcasing their work at the event, including a Nerf gun turret from Digital Arts & Design Course Director Sean Bernath and a Sifteo “magic squares” game from Ricardo Aguilo, Tom Lucas, and Michael Lucas. Interactive exhibits at the family-friendly event will include a make-your-own-T-shirt screenprinting booth, a “How to Sauter” tutorial, and more.
“The whole goal of the event is to inspire and have fun,” says Tom. “We want people to get excited about making things, understand how things work, and hopefully become inventors themselves.”
The Maker’s Faire takes place this Saturday, May 26, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and can be purchased at the doors or in advance online at orlandominimakerfaire.com.